SUPPLEMENT TO SOCIAL EDUCATION, THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES
NOTABLE SOCIAL STUDIES TRADE BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
ABOUT THE LIST AND CRITERIA FOR SELECTION The books that appear in this annotated list were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). NCSS and CBC have cooperated on this annual bibliography since 1972. Books selected for this bibliography were published in 2014 and were written for children in grades K-12. The Book Review Committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, have a pleasing format, and, where appropriate, include illustrations that enrich the text. Each book is read by several reviewers, and books are included on the list by committee assent; the annotations do not necessarily reflect the judgment of the entire committee. Publishers’ addresses are available in standard reference works such as Children’s Books in Print (R.R. Bowker) and Literary Market Place (R.R. Bowker), and from CBC. CBC’s Members List may be downloaded at www.cbcbooks.org/membership/ member-list. Credits for permission to reproduce the cover art included in this supplement are printed on page 16. Titles are arranged by broad subject categories. Although many are appropriate for more than one category, they have been placed where their usefulness in social studies education appears greatest. Annotators have also indicated the thematic strands (shown below) from National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, to which the book relates.
THEMATIC STRANDS OF THE NCSS CURRICULUM STANDARDS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES CULTURE TIME, CONTINUITY, AND CHANGE PEOPLE, PLACES, AND ENVIRONMENTS INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT AND IDENTITY INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, AND INSTITUTIONS POWER, AUTHORITY, AND GOVERNANCE PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, AND CONSUMPTION SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY GLOBAL CONNECTIONS CIVIC IDEALS AND PRACTICES
3. Jim Morrison.
5. Whiffman Press.
6. 56 pp.
7. Trade ISBN 0-696-67321-1, Library ISBN 0-696-64213-X, F (Wannamaker)
9. (M, H)
10. The true story of sisters Florence and Ester Weeks’s childhood on the American frontier.
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Tina Buster, Youth Librarian, National Board Certified Teacher, Seattle, Wash. (TB) Andrew Currie, 5th Grade Teacher, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn. (ATC) Shannon Duncan, 8th Grade Teacher, YES Prep Public Schools, Houston, Tex. (SD) Jennifer Gallagher, Doctoral Candidate, Social Studies Education, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (JG) Karen Hildebrand, Library Media Specialist/Reading Consultant (retired), Delaware City Schools, Delaware, Ohio; Book Reviewer: ILA Literacy Daily Online, Ashland University, Adjunct Instructor (KSH) Ryan Hughes, Doctoral Student, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. (RH)
Melinda Odom Staubs, Associate Professor, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala. (MOS) Lynne F. Stover, Associate Director for Program, James Madison University, Center for Economic Education, Harrisonburg, Virginia (LFS)
Parts of a Notable Listing
2. Buffalo Sisters.
JoAnn Wood (Chair), Elementary Social Studies Supervisor (retired), Literacy/Social Studies Consultant, Marietta, Ga. (JAW)
Quinn Rollins, Social Studies Specialist, Granite School District, Salt Lake City, Utah (QPR)
1. The titles marked with an asterisk are Selectors’ Choices—books that individual committee members responded to with particular enthusiasm. 2. Title: Subtitle 3. Author(s) 4. Illustrator 5. Publisher. 6. Number of pages 7. International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) are included for all available editions (trade, library, and paperback). The symbol “F” indicates that a paperback edition is forthcoming. A publisher’s name in parentheses indicates that a different publisher will issue the paperback edition. 8. Price as of January 2014 9. Reading levels: P: Primary (K-2), I: Intermediate (3-5), M: Middle (6-8), H: High (9-12). They are intended as guidelines and are not meant to limit the potential use of titles. 10. Brief descriptive annotation, plus notations of the presence of additional textual materials, if any. 11. Initials indicating the reviewer responsible for the annotation (see list at right). 12. Thematic strands of the curriculum standards for social studies in order of relevancy (see list above).
2015 Book Review Committee Members
Cynthia A. Tyson, Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (CAT) Annie McMahon Whitlock, Assistant Professor, Elementary Education, University of Michigan-Flint Flint, Mich. (AMW)
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Biography ALI: AN AMERICAN CHAMPION. Barry Denenberg. S&S Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 96pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-481-40141-8, $17.99. (M) This rich biography features newspaper articles and interviews that convey the life of the outspoken and principled Muhammad Ali, situating him in the turbulent social and political climate of his time. Primary Sources, Timeline, Author’s Note, Bibliography. (RH) BROWN GIRL DREAMING. Jacqueline Woodson. Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Books for Young Readers. 336pp. Trade ISBN978-0-399-25251-8, $16.99. (M, H). In this memoir, written in lyrical verse, the author tells the story of her childhood as she negotiates her African American heritage and history, geography, family dynamics, friends, and community. (CAT) COLONEL THEODORE ROOSEVELT. David A. Adler. Holiday House. 144pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-823-42950-9, $18.95. (I, M) From his childhood as a sickly boy of privilege to his emergence as a robust, risk-taking leader, this book chronicles the exciting and inspirational life of the 26th president. Archival photographs, political cartoons, and historical correspondence enrich this well-written informational text. Bibliography, Important Dates, Index, Source Notes. (LFS) THE COSMOBIOGRAPHY OF SUN RA: THE SOUND OF JOY IS ENLIGHTENING. Chris
Raschka. Candlewick Press. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-763-65806-9, $15.99. (P, I) Was Sun Ra sent from Saturn to be a jazz musician? This biography describes the life of “Sonny” Blount/Sun Ra as if this was exactly the case. Each illustration is a work of art, much like Sun Ra’s music. (AMW)
EDWARD HOPPER PAINTS HIS WORLD.
Robert Burleigh. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-80508752-9, $17.99. (P, I) American “would be” artist Edward Hopper painted what he saw— everyday scenes of the city and countryside.
Eventually, critics and the public picked up on the significance of his work. Afterword, Artist’s Note. (ATC)
FRIDA & DIEGO: ART, LOVE, LIFE.
Catherine Reef. Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 176pp. Trade ISBN 9780-547-82184-9, $18.99. (M, H) A striking and gorgeous biography of the fascinating lives of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera—and their tempestuous and complicated work and marriage. Ample photographs and lushly reproduced artwork offer a feast for the eyes. Timeline, Notes, Bibliography, Index. (JAW)
FRIENDS FOR FREEDOM: THE STORY OF SUSAN B. ANTHONY AND FREDERICK DOUGLASS. Suzanne Slade. Illustrated by
Nicole Tadgell. Charlesbridge. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-580-89568-2, $16.95. (I) We usually think of historic characters as discrete individuals. This book shows how the lives of Anthony and Douglass intersected across race and gender and how both benefited from their years of friendship. Author’s Note, Illustrator’s Note, Author’s Research Note, Timeline. (QPR)
HELLO, I’M JOHNNY CASH. G. Neri. Illustrated by A.G. Ford. Candlewick Press. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-763-66245-5, $16.99. (M) This beautifully written biography for young readers chronicles the life of Johnny Cash, from his impoverished upbringing to a musical career that took him around the world. More About Johnny Cash, Historical Events, Discography. (RH) HOW THE BEATLES CHANGED THE WORLD.
Martin W. Sandler. Bloomsbury, Walker Children’s Books. 176pp. Trade ISBN 978-0802-73565-2, $20.99. Library ISBN 978-0802-73566-9, $21.89. (M, H) On February 9, 1964, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, and the rock music and pop culture scene changed forever. Unprecedented international fame made them both popular and prisoners. Their many contributions and innovations to the music world are presented. Discography, Further Reading, Sources. (KSH)
IDA M. TARBELL. Emily McCully. Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 288pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-547-29092-8, $18.99. (M, H) This comprehensive and informational biography details how one woman used talent and determination to take civic action against big business. Ida Tarbell’s investigative journalism was pivotal to changing bad business practices during a complex time in American history. Author’s Note, Source Notes, Bibliography. (JG) JUBILEE! ONE MAN’S BIG, BOLD, AND VERY, VERY LOUD CELEBRATION OF PEACE. Alicia Potter. Illustrated by Matt
Tavares. Candlewick Press. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-763-65856-4, $16.99. (I) An Irish Bostonian uses his musical talent to enact a brilliant idea, celebrating the end of the Civil War with a peace jubilee. The event captures the nation’s mood and earns Patrick Gilmore a place in American music history. Author’s Note, Bibliography. (JG)
LITTLE AUTHOR IN THE BIG WOODS: A BIOGRAPHY OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER.
Yona Zeldis McDonough. Illustrated by Jennifer Thermes. Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 176pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-8050-9542-5, $16.99. (I, M) This biographical overview provides insight into Wilder’s actual childhood, distinguishing between the stories Wilder portrays in her books and the life she lived. Back matter includes quotes, craft instructions, book lists, and recipes. Glossary. (LFS)
LIVES OF THE EXPLORERS: DISCOVERIES, DISASTERS (AND WHAT THE NEIGHBORS THOUGHT). Kathleen Krull. Illustrated by
Kathryn Hewitt. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 96pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-15-205910-1, $20.99. (I, M) From the famous to the lesser known, 17 expeditions and explorations of male and female explorers are described here. Details and descriptions of these explorers include tidbits from their youth, giving each chapter a personal look into the lives of these adventurers. Further Reading. (KSH)
THE NOISY PAINT BOX: THE COLORS AND SOUNDS OF KANDINSKY’S ABSTRACT ART. Barb Rosenstock. Illustrated by Mary
GrandPré. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s
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Books. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-307-978486, $17.99. Library ISBN 978-0-307-97849-3, $20.99. (P, I) Have you ever heard a painting? Russian-born Vasya Kandinsky was an early abstract painter. He broke the traditions and painted more than what he saw; he painted what he heard! Author’s Note, Sources, For More Information. (ATC)
PHILIP REID SAVES THE STATUE OF FREEDOM. Steven Sellers Lapham and
Eugene Walton. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Sleeping Bear Press. 40pp. Library ISBN 978-1-585-36819-8, $16.99. (I) This book reveals the little-known story of Philip Reid, an enslaved craftsman who worked on the statue atop the Capitol dome in Washington, D.C. Fascinating primary source documents are included along with an Epilogue and Author’s Note. (JAW)
THE PILOT AND THE LITTLE PRINCE: THE LIFE OF ANTOINE DE SAINTEXUPÉRY. Peter Sís. Frances Foster
Books / FSG, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 48pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-374-38069-4, $18.99. (P, I) This is a visually stunning picture book biography of the famous French pilot and author of The Little Prince. The main narrative is generously supplemented with additional facts to form a multi-layered text. Bibliography. (TB)
REPORTING UNDER FIRE: 16 DARING WOMEN WAR CORRESPONDENTS AND PHOTOJOURNALISTS. Kerrie Logan
Hollihan. Chicago Review Press. 256pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-61374-710-0, $19.95. (M, H) This book celebrates the lives of female correspondents and photojournalists—from World War I through the present—who blazed new trails in a male-dominated career, reporting from the frontlines. Afterword, Notes, Bibliography. (ATC)
THE RIGHT WORD: ROGET AND HIS THESAURUS. Jen Bryant. Illustrated by
Melissa Sweet. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 42pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-80285385-1, $17.50. (I) Peter Roget’s early love of words and lists led him to create Roget’s Thesaurus, now recognized worldwide. His childhood and adult life are illustrated in beautiful detail. Timeline, Author’s Note,
Illustrator’s Note, Bibliography, For Further Reading, Sources. (SD)
STAND THERE! SHE SHOUTED: THE INVINCIBLE PHOTOGRAPHER JULIA MARGARET CAMERON. Susan Goldman
of the most significant political voices of the eighteenth century. Notes. Some More Things to Read (CAT)
UNBROKEN: AN OLYMPIAN’S JOURNEY FROM AIRMAN TO CASTAWAY TO CAPTIVE.
Rubin. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Candlewick Press. 80pp. Trade ISBN 9780-763-65753-6, $16.99. (M) This book looks at the life, Bohemian philosophy, and unorthodox techniques of Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Cameron broke away from the traditional style of stiff portraits and became one of the most original portraitists in the history of photography. Examples of her greatest works are highlighted. Bibliography. (QPR)
Laura Hillenbrand. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 320pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-385-74251-1, $19.99. Library ISBN 978-0-375-99062-5, $22.99. (H) Adapted for young adults from the best-selling biography, this is the survival odyssey of Louis Zamperini, Olympic runner, World War II airman, and POW. Included are over 100 photographs and an interview with Zamperini. (TB)
A TASTE OF FREEDOM: GANDHI AND THE GREAT SALT MARCH. Elizabeth
Gloria Whelen. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-416-92753-2, $17.99. (P) This delightful picture book recounts the true story of how Queen Victoria was able to go swimming in the ocean at a time when it was considered indelicate for her to be seen in a bathing suit. The lively verse and charming illustrations (and authentic photo) add to the fun. Author’s Note, List of Related Books & Websites. (JAW)
Cody Kimmel. Illustrated by Guiliano Ferri. Bloomsbury, Walker Children’s Books. 48pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-802-79467-3, $17.99. Library ISBN 978-0-802-79470-3, $18.99. (P, I) As a young boy in 1930, the narrator witnesses Gandhi’s irrepressible spirit when he led the people of India on a nonviolent, 240-mile march to the sea to gather salt in defiance of British law, which had ruled it illegal. Afterword. Further Reading. (KSH)
THOMAS JEFFERSON: PRESIDENT AND PHILOSOPHER. Jon Meacham. Crown
Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.336pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-385-38749-1, $19.99. Library ISBN 978-0-385-38750-7, $22.99. (M) This informational text is an illustrated biography of Thomas Jefferson. Numerous quotes from letters and writings, along with a variety of photographs and illustrations provide a comprehensive look at the life and times of Jefferson. Prologue, Epilogue, Timeline, Notes, Bibliography. (MOS)
THOMAS PAINE: CRUSADER FOR LIBERTY: HOW ONE MAN’S IDEAS HELPED FORM A NEW NATION. Albert Marrin. Knopf Books
for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 176pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-375-86674-6, $17.99. Library ISBN 9780-375-96674-3, $20.99. (M, H). Using primary source materials, an extensive notes section, and images, this biography traces Paine’s path from his early years to his emergence as one
QUEEN VICTORIA’S BATHING MACHINE.
Contemporary Concerns BEYOND MAGENTA: TRANSGENDER TEENS SPEAK OUT. Susan Kuklin.
Candlewick Press. 192pp. Trade ISBN 9780-763-65611-9, $22.99. (H) Six transgender teens share their personal histories in their own words, drawn from extended interviews. The teens speak frankly about their feelings and experiences. The author/interviewer interjects only to ask questions or provide context. Author’s Note, Bibliography, Glossary, Resource List. (TB)
CHILDREN GROWING UP WITH WAR. Jenny Matthews. Candlewick Press. 48pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-763-66942-3, $17.99. (M, H) This informational text details photographer Jenny Matthews’s experiences in major conflict zones around the world, focusing specifically on war’s effect on children. Her journey includes the personal stories and color photographs of refugees around the world. Map of Conflicts, The Main Conflicts, Websites, Glossary. (SD) www.socialstudies.org/notable
I AM MALALA: HOW ONE GIRL STOOD UP FOR EDUCATION AND CHANGED THE WORLD. Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 240pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-31632793-0, $17.00. (M) This memoir is the story of a young girl who fought for her right to an education and how her family became uprooted by terrorism. A look at Pakistani history and culture is provided. Glossary, Timeline. (MOS)
I LOVE I HATE I MISS MY SISTER. Amélie Sarn. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 160pp. Trade ISBN 978-0385-74376-1, $15.99. Library ISBN 978-0-37599128-8, $18.99. (M, H) Sohane and Djelila are sisters growing up in a Muslim household in France. Djelila is becoming more secular, and Sohane more religious. Told against a backdrop of religious intolerance and violence, this story of the turmoil within a family has a tragic ending but a powerful message as each sister faces consequences of their choices. Author’s Note, Glossary. (QPR) MIGRANT. José Manuel Mateo. Illustrated by Javier Martínez Pedro. Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams. Trade ISBN 9781-4197-0957-9, $17.95. (I, M) This unusual and sophisticated picture book is a long, continuous, accordion-style foldout that recounts the journey of a Mexican farming family as they travel the dangerous trek to the United States. Written in both English and Spanish, with careful detail in black and white pictures filled with hundreds of scenarios that depict this dangerous and uncertain migration. Foldout book, Author and Artist notes. (KSH) NO PLACE. Todd Strasser. S&S Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 272pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-442-45721-8, $17.99. Paperback ISBN 978-1-442-45722-5, $11.99. (M) When Dan’s parents lose their home, the high school student and his family move into a tent city. He struggles to continue with life as normal, all the while knowing that he doesn’t have a home, that he’s different, but still wants to have dignity. A realistic look at the problems that homeless families face, and the avenues of civic involvement available to help solve social problems. (QPR)
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TAKING FLIGHT: FROM WAR ORPHAN TO STAR BALLERINA. Michaela DePrince
and Elaine DePrince. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 256pp. Trade ISBN 9780-385-75511-5, $16.99. Library ISBN 978-0385-75512-2, $19.99. (M, H) This remarkable memoir recounts Michaela’s life—from being an orphan in Sierra Leone to growing up in the United States with her adoptive parents, who encouraged her love of dancing. Issues of race, beauty, identity, and family are all gracefully addressed. (QPR)
TUESDAY TUCKS ME IN: THE LOYAL BOND BETWEEN A SOLDIER AND HIS SERVICE DOG. Luis Carlos Montalván and Bret Witter.
Photographs by Dan Dion. Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-59643-891-0, $16.99. (P) This book explains how the hard work and love of a service dog helps wounded veterans to cope with challenges. Some of the challenges are the result of war, others are as ordinary as companionship. The story is told in the first person, from the dog’s perspective, and gives insight into a veteran’s experiences. Author’s Note. (QPR)
UP FOR SALE: HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND MODERN SLAVERY. Alison Marie
Behnke. Twenty-First Century Books. 72pp. Library ISBN 978-1-4677-1611-6, $34.60. (H) This informational resource details the trials of exploited people in contemporary times. It is a comprehensive work that includes voices of victims, important data, and powerful photography. Source Notes, Selected Bibliography, Further Information. (JG)
WIND DANCER. Chris Platt. Peachtree Publishers. 176 pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-56145736-6, $15.95. (I, M) Experiencing personal tragedy after a horrible accident, 13-year-old Ali finds helping two neglected horses to be therapeutic for both her and her brother, who has returned from Iraq an amputee with posttraumatic stress disorder. Author’s Notes. (LFS)
Environment/Energy/Ecology BLUE ON BLUE. Dianne White. Illustrated by Beth Krommes. Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 48pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-442-41267-5, $17.99. (P) A young girl and her family experience the thrills of a
summer thunderstorm at their seaside farm. Concise rhyming verse and detailed watercolor illustrations capture the energy of the storm and the warmth of family. (TB)
A BOY AND A JAGUAR. Alan Rabinowitz. Illustrated by Cátia Chien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-547-875071, $16.99. (P, I). This autobiography describes how stuttering as a child led Rabinowitz to shy away from people and spend time with animals at the Bronx Zoo. Later in life, as a wildlife conservationist, he observed and protected the jaguars of Belize and influenced the world. Q & A with Author. (KSH) E-I-E-E-O! HOW OLD MACDONALD GOT HIS FARM WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM A HEN.
Judy Sierra. Illustrated by Matthew Myers. Candlewick Press. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-07636-60437, $16.99. (P) This amusing picture book reveals how Old MacDonald transformed his suburban lawn into an organic garden under the direction of the brilliant and environmentally conscious Little Red Hen. (TB)
EYES WIDE OPEN: GOING BEHIND THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEADLINES. Paul
Fleischman. Candlewick Press. 208pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-763-67102-0, $17.99. Paperback ISBN 978-0-763-67545-5, $9.99. (H) This comprehensive, informational text helps readers better understand contemporary environmental concerns. Detailed explanations, real-world examples, and excellent visuals teach students to question and analyze the information they receive. Source Notes, Bibliography, Suggested Resources, Glossary. (SD)
GLOBAL WARMING. Ellen Lawrence. Bearport Publishing. 24pp. Library ISBN 978-1-62724104-5, $17.95. (P) This is a great introduction for young readers about the challenges connected to the use of fossil fuels, the creation of greenhouse gases, and the changes in our climate that are harmful to Earth. The activities, experiments, and questions throughout the text are interactive and developmentally appropriate. Science Lab, Science Words (CAT) I SURVIVED TRUE STORIES: FIVE EPIC DISASTERS. Lauren Tarshis. Scholastic. 176pp.
Trade ISBN 978-0-545-78224-1, $12.99. (I) The harrowing experiences of the young survivors of five notable disasters are recounted. Each chapter concludes with a case file featuring
fascinating facts, primary source documents, and notes by the author that should inspire further research. Author’s Notes, Bibliography. (LFS)
OKLAHOMA’S DEVASTATING MAY 2013 TORNADO. Miriam Aronin. Bearport Publishing. 32pp. Library ISBN 978-1-62724131-1, $18.95. (I, M) On May 30th, 2013, a huge tornado hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma. Survivors recount that day and their efforts to rebuild after the destruction. Large, color photos and tornado facts enrich the personal accounts. Profiles, Glossary, Bibliography. (TB)
OLD MANHATTAN HAS SOME FARMS. Susan Lendroth. Illustrated by Kate Endle. Charlesbridge. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-58089572-9, $16.95. (P) This adaptation of the classic song celebrates urban farming—from rooftop and community gardens in New York and Chicago, to hydroponics in Seattle, beekeeping in Atlanta, and composting at the White House. Green Matters, Resources, Sheet Music, Link to Free Song Download. (TB)
A THIRST FOR HOME: A STORY OF WATER ACROSS THE WORLD. Christine Ieronimo, Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Bloomsbury, Walker Children’s Books. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-802-72307-9, $17.99. Library ISBN 9780-802-72308-6, $18.89. (P, I) The lack of access to clean water is the dilemma that determines the future of a young Ethiopian girl as she travels from village, to orphanage, to the United States where she becomes part of a multiracial family. Author’s Note. (LFS)
Folktales CINDERELLA STORIES AROUND THE WORLD: 4 BELOVED TALES. Cari Meister. Picture Window Books, Capstone Publishing. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-479-55441-6, $7.95. Paperback ISBN 978-1-479-55449-2, $6.95. (P, I) This beautifully illustrated book features four different Cinderella accounts from four different countries: France, Canada (from the Micmac Tribe), China, and Egypt. Glossary, Common Core Ideas, Writing Prompts. (MOS) www.socialstudies.org/notable
eography/Peoples/Places AT THE SAME MOMENT AROUND THE WORLD. Clotilde Perrin. Chronicle Books.
40pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-452-12208-3, $17.99 (P) Starting in Senegal at six o’clock, this book takes readers around the world’s time zones. With short narrative and beautifully detailed illustrations, economic and cultural activities are identified. Map. (JG)
CARTWHEELING IN THUNDERSTORMS.
Katherine Rundell. Illustrated by Melissa Castrillon. S&S Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 256pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-442-49061-1, $17.99. Paperback ISBN 978-1-442-49062-8, $7.99. (M) Wilhelmina is a white girl growing up in Zimbabwe, living nearly as free as the wild animals she sees every day. After her father dies, Will is sent to a boarding school in London, where culture shock is only the first challenge she faces. A story about adapting to new environments and circumstances. (QPR)
DIAMOND BOY. Michael Williams. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 400pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-316-32069-6, $18.00. (H) Patson Moyo and his family journey to the diamond fields of Zimbabwe in hopes of escaping dire poverty. Life is a daily struggle for Patson and the other workers, worsened by the atrocities committed against them when President Robert Mugabe decides to take over the mines. Map, Author’s Note, The Diamond Fields of Marange, Land Mines, Glossary. (SD) FAMILY ROMANOV: MURDER, REBELLION, AND THE FALL OF IMPERIAL RUSSIA.
Candice Fleming. Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 304pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-375-86782-8, $18.99. (M, H) This biography of Nicholas II and family tells the story of ruling Russia during a time of unrest and their mysterious murder. The story of the Romanovs is contrasted with primary sources from peasants and revolutionaries. Bibliography, Online Resources, Notes, Index. (AMW)
GAIJIN: AMERICAN PRISONER OF WAR.
Matt Faulkner. Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group. 144pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-42313-735-1, $19.99. (M, H) Based on the experiences of the author’s great aunt
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during the Japanese Internment in 1941, this graphic novel is told through the voice of a 13-year-old California boy. His mother is white and his father is Japanese, and he struggles with his own cultural identity. Graphic Novel, Author’s Note, Resource list. (KSH)
GOAL! Sean Taylor. Photographs by Caio Vilela. Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-62779-123-6, $17.99. (P, I) Soccer is a universal language. Informational text combined with large, vivid photographs of children playing soccer around the world helps readers understand how this sport bridges continents. (ATC) GREAT MAPS: THE WORLD’S MASTERPIECES EXPLORED AND EXPLAINED. DK Publishing. 256pp. Trade
ISBN 978-1-465-42463-1, $25.00. (M, H) This striking book provides a detailed look at primary source maps across the globe dating from ancient civilization to the present. Index. (RH)
KEN JENNINGS’ JUNIOR GENIUS GUIDES: MAPS AND GEOGRAPHY. Ken Jennings.
Illustrated by Mike Lowery. Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 160pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-481-42614-5, $12.99. Library ISBN 978-1-442-49848-8, $18.99. Paperback ISBN 978-1-442-47328-7, $7.99. (I) This informational book has an engaging format and provides the basics students need to know about maps and geography, as well as many fun facts. (RH)
LITTLE HUMANS. Brandon Stanton. FSG, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-0374-37456-3, $17.99. (P) This photographic picture book showcases children from all walks of life. The narrative tells of the uniqueness of each child. (MOS) MALALA, A BRAVE GIRL FROM PAKISTAN/IQBAL, A BRAVE BOY FROM PAKISTAN. Jeannette Winter. Beach Lane
Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-481-42294-9, $17.99. (P) Read about Malala, who fought for education in Pakistan; then flip the book to read about Iqbal, a boy who fought against child labor. Both are important stories of
children fighting injustice. Author’s Note. (AMW)
MUSIC EVERYWHERE! Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, Cynthia Pon. Charlesbridge. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-570-91936-7, $17.95. Paperback ISBN978-1-570-91937-4, $7.95. (P, I) Exploring the universal appeal of music, this Global Fund for Children photo essay highlights children in global contexts making music and playing instruments. Make Your Own Instruments, Glossary. (CAT) THE RED PENCIL. Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 336pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-316-24780-1, $17.00. (I, M) A 12-year-old girl in Darfur faces challenges, including losing her father and loving a sister born with deformities. An aid worker in her refugee camp gives her a red pencil—how will it save her? Author’s Note, Illustrator’s Note, Glossary/Pronunciation Guide (ATC) THAILAND: ENCHANTMENT OF THE WORLD. Mel Friedman. Scholastic Library
Publishing. 144pp. Library ISBN 978-0531-20791-8, $40.00. (I, M) This splendid informational book contains a wide variety of facts and resources about Thailand. Beautiful photographs and maps enhance the wellorganized chapters. Timeline, Fast Facts, To Find Out More. (RH)
UNDER THE SAME SUN. Sharon Robinson. Illustrated by AG Ford. Scholastic. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-545-16672-0, $17.99. (P) A beautifully illustrated story of relatives visiting family in Tanzania. They visit the Serengeti National Park and confront the painful history of their ancestors when visiting an old slave-trading post. Author’s Note, Traveling to Tanzania, Glossary, A Tanzanian Meal. (RH) A WALK IN PARIS. Salvatore Rubbino. Candlewick Press. 40pp. Trade ISBN 9780-763-66984-3, $16.99. (P) A young girl and her Grandpa explore one of the world’s most famous cities, in this beautiful storybook. Alongside the story of their walk, the pages include informational additions about Parisian landmarks and French culture. Index. (JG)
WALL. Tom Clohosy Cole. Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-7636-7560-8, $16.99. (I, M) This book, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, describes a young boy’s plan to escape from the East with his mother and sister to rejoin his father in the West. When they are discovered during the midnight escape by an East German guard … the guard decides to let them go. (KSH) A WOMAN IN THE HOUSE (AND SENATE): HOW WOMEN CAME TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, BROKE DOWN BARRIERS, AND CHANGED THE COUNTRY. Ilene Cooper. Illustrated by
Elizabeth Baddeley. Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams. 144pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-419-71036-0, $24.95. (M) This engaging informational text describes how women have participated in our House and Senate over the decades. Given that female representation in government is still low, these representatives’ and senators’ stories are particularly inspiring! Appendices, Bibliography, Websites. (AMW)
History/Life & Culture in the Americas 100 INVENTIONS THAT MADE HISTORY.
DK Publishing. 128pp. Trade ISBN 978-1465-41670-4, $16.99. (I) This informational text describes the importance of inventions throughout history, from the printing press, to the automobile, to blue jeans. Colorful photos accompany text that can spark discussion about the historical significance of these inventions. Glossary. (AMW)
ALL DIFFERENT NOW: JUNETEENTH, THE FIRST DAY OF FREEDOM. Angela Johnson.
Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. S&S Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-68987376-8, $17.99. (P) A simple, beautiful telling of how news of freedom reached the last slaves in the South, those toiling in the hot Texas sun. Their celebration to mark the date lives on each June 19. Author’s Note, Illustrator’s Note, Timeline, Online Sources, Glossary. (JAW)
BECAUSE THEY MARCHED: THE PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN FOR VOTING RIGHTS THAT CHANGED AMERICA. Russell Freedman.
Holiday House. 96 pp. Trade ISBN 9780-823-42921-9, $20.00. (I) With his usual masterly blend of lively writing, skillful use of primary source texts, and carefully selected photographs, Freedman centers this informational text on events in and around Selma, Alabama, in 1965. Timeline, Source Notes, Bibliography. (JAW)
A DEATH-STRUCK YEAR. Makiia Lucier. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 288pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-544-16450-5, $17.99. (I, M) It’s 1918, and the Spanish influenza has struck Cleo’s hometown; her friends and loved ones have fallen ill. This 17-year-old won’t sit by and watch. Despite warnings, Cleo goes to work volunteering for the local hospital. Historical Note, For Further Reading. (ATC) DIGGING A HOLE TO HEAVEN: COAL MINER BOYS. S.D. Nelson. Abrams Books for
THE FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS.
Don Mitchell. Scholastic. 256pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-545-47725-3, $18.99. (H) This informational text provides important context and details regarding the murders and legacies of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner. Map, Endnotes, Author’s Note on Sources, Bibliography (JG)
FREEDOM SUMMER: THE 1964 STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN MISSISSIPPI. Susan Goldman Rubin.
Holiday House. 128pp. Trade ISBN 9780-823-42920-2, $18.95. (M, H). Through period photos, primary source documents, and source notes, this book documents the impact that the fight to end segregation had on students, activists, and the nation. Timeline, Resources, Bibliography. (CAT)
THE GIRL FROM THE TAR PAPER SCHOOL: BARBARA ROSE JOHNS AND THE ADVENT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. Teri
Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams. 64pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-419-70730-8, $19.95. (I) Twelve-year-old Conall’s bravery is tested as he works in Pennsylvania coalmines. With the help of Angel, the mule, he makes a daring rescue. This unique storybook combines historical fiction with informational primary sources. Author’s Note, Bibliography, Timeline. (JG)
Kanefield. Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams. 56pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-419-70796-4, $19.95. (M) This is a tribute to Barbara Rose Johns, an unsung heroine of the civil rights movement, who in 1951 led a student strike to draw attention to the substandard conditions of her segregated high school. Author’s Note, Timeline, Bibliography. (TB)
FIGHTING FIRE! TEN OF THE DEADLIEST FIRES IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND HOW WE FOUGHT THEM. Michael L.
THE HISTORY OF MONEY: FROM BARTERING TO BANKING. Martin Jenkins.
Cooper. Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 224pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-8050-9714-6, $19.99. (I, M) Drawing on a wide array of primary sources, this informational book brings to life America’s most deadly fires—from colonial time to the present. Source Notes, Bibliography, Glossary. (RH)
FIONA’S LACE. Patricia Polacco. Paula
Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 48pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-44248724-6, $17.99. (P, I) When times are hard in Ireland, Fiona and her family travel to Chicago to work as domestic laborers. This touching story includes themes about cultural heritage, emigration, and family. (RH)
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Candlewick Press. 64pp. Trade ISBN 978-0763-66763-4, $16.99. (I, M) A great resource for teaching economics, this book connects history, geography, and economics by telling the story of money throughout time while touching on important economics concepts. Fun cartoon illustrations accompany the informational text. Author’s Note, Bibliography. (AMW)
HOT DOG! ELEANOR ROOSEVELT THROWS A PICNIC. Leslie Kimmelman.
Illustrated by Victor Juhasz. Sleeping Bear Press. 40 pp. Library ISBN 978-1-58536830-3, $16.99. (I) First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt worked tirelessly for her country on domestic and international fronts. In this informational tale, her hotdog picnic to celebrate the visit of British royalty to
the United States forges a relationship that will see both nations through the horrors of World War II. Author’s Note. (SD)
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE. Pat Mora and Libby Martinez. Illustrated by Patrice Barton. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-307-93181-8, $16.99. Library ISBN 978-0-375-97109-9, $19.99. (P) Libby and her Aunt Lobo are both preparing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance—Libby in class, and Aunt Lobo at her citizenship ceremony. This is a great story of what the pledge means to immigrants. Author’s Note. (AMW) THE MADMAN OF PINEY WOODS.
Christopher Paul Curtis. Scholastic. 384pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-545-15664-6, $16.99. (I, M) The year is 1901 and friends Benjie, the grandson of runaway slaves, and Red, the grandson of Irish immigrants, tell their story in alternating chapters. A companion book for Curtis’s Elijah of Buxton. (LFS)
THE MAYFLOWER. Mark Greenwood. Illustrated by Frané Lessac. Holiday House. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-823-42943-1, $16.95. (P) This non-fiction book describes the long and arduous journey of the Mayflower. The beautiful, painted illustrations make this an engaging read for young students. Timeline, Resources. (AMW) MY COUNTRY, ‘TIS OF THEE: HOW ONE SONG REVEALS THE HISTORY OF CIVIL RIGHTS. Claire Rudolf Murphy. Illustrated
by Bryan Collier. Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 48pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-8050-8226-5, $17.99. (I) This remarkable book traces the changes to the lyrics of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” over the centuries to meet the needs of changing times. From the Boston Tea Party, to enslaved people, to Native American Indians, to suffragettes to Martin Luther King Jr., the words have been used to inspire Americans to action. Source Notes, Bibliography, Further Resources. (QPR)
PHOTOS FRAMED: A FRESH LOOK AT THE WORLD’S MOST MEMORABLE PHOTOGRAPHS. Ruth Thompson.
features photographs of people, places, events, and animals from the late 1800s to today. Readers are encouraged to critically examine the photos and discuss the photographers’ intentions and artistic view of the subjects. Glossary. (AMW)
THE PORT CHICAGO 50: DISASTER, MUTINY, AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. Steve Sheinkin. Roaring Brook Press,
an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 208pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-59643796-8, $19.99. (M) This little-known story is the actual account of 50 African American sailors accused of mutiny during World War II. A group of young men took a stand that helped change the course of history. Source Notes, Works Cited, Bibliography. (MOS)
REVOLUTION (The Sixties Trilogy). Deborah Wiles. Scholastic. 544pp. Trade ISBN 978-0545-10607-8, $19.99. (M) This documentary novel, set during Freedom Summer in Greenwood, Mississippi, is narrated by 12-year-old Sunny, a white girl, and Raymond, a black teenager. Historic photographs, essays, and song lyrics enrich the narrative. Author’s Note, Bibliography. (TB) RUNNING OUT OF NIGHT. Sharon Lovejoy. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 304pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-385-74409-6, $16.99. Library ISBN 978-0-375-99147-9, $19.99. (M, H) Set in antebellum Virginia, a poor, white Southern girl encounters a girl who is a runaway slave. The two young girls dare to escape their painful lives, in this lively, moving narrative. (RH) SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL: SYLVIA MENDEZ AND HER FAMILY’S FIGHT FOR DESEGREGATION. Duncan Tonatiuh.
Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams. 40 pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-41971054-4, $18.95. (I) This informational text introduces young learners to the multi-layered, complex history of school desegregation, even prior to Brown v. BOE. Sylvia Mendez and her family’s story adds a much needed chapter to the narrative. Author’s Note, Primary Source Photos, Glossary, Bibliography. (JAW)
Candlewick Press. 64pp. Trade ISBN 9780-763-67154-9, $18.99. (M) This book www.socialstudies.org/notable
SILVER PEOPLE: VOICES FROM THE PANAMA CANAL. Margarita Engle. Houghton
Mifflin Harcourt. 272pp. Trade ISBN 9780-544-10941-4, $17.99. (M, H) Engaging verse from multiple perspectives recounts the multicultural history of the Panama Canal labor force. The unfolding story tells of constructions of race, environmental damages, and exploited yet resilient people. Historical Note, Selected References. (JG)
UNDER THE FREEDOM TREE. Susan VanHecke. Illustrated by London Ladd. Charlesbridge. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-1580-89550-7, $16.95. (I) Three enslaved men make a daring escape. These verses exemplify the impact of historical events on the lives of individuals. Based on true events, the book connects history to the distinguished landmark of Virginia’s Emancipation Oak. Author’s Note, Bibliography. (JG) THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, VOLUME 1. YOUNG READERS EDITION 1898–1945. Oliver Stone and
Peter Kuznick, adapted by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 400pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-481-42173-7, $19.99. Paperback ISBN 978-1-481-42174-4, $12.99. (H) This book uses primary sources—including letters, photographs, and political cartoons— to tell stories that often get overlooked by textbooks. The authors look at controversial topics such as war profiteering, racism, and the roles of politicians, big business, and the media over the span of generations. It adds layers of depth and nuance to the traditional telling of history. (QPR)
A VOLCANO BENEATH THE SNOW: JOHN BROWN’S WAR AGAINST SLAVERY. Albert
Marrin. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 256pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-307-98152-3, $19.99. (M, H). The biography uses primary source documents to chronicle Brown’s life and family, the abolitionists, killings at Pottawatomie, Kansas, the uprising at Harpers Ferry, and Brown’s trial and hanging. The Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation, slavery and free blacks are part of the well-authenticated story. (CAT)
WASHDAY. Eve Bunting. Illustrated by Brad
Sneed. Holiday House. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-823-42868-7, $16.95. (P) Water boiled on the wood stove, washboards, hand
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wringers, and lye soap are part of laundry day at Grandma’s house. Lizzie would rather be at a tea party but, like the reader, learns a great deal about household tasks in 1889. (LFS)
WHEELS OF CHANGE. Darlene Beck Jacobson. Creston Books. 180pp. Trade ISBN 9781-939547-13-2, $12.95. (H) The author’s family history informed this tale of life in early twentieth-century Washington, D.C. A young girl navigates changes in transportation, women’s suffrage, and the nation, while learning what matters most. (JAW) THE WHITE HOUSE FOR KIDS: A HISTORY OF A HOME, OFFICE, AND NATIONAL SYMBOL. Katherine House. Chicago Review
Press. Trade ISBN 978-1-580-89656-6, $19.95. (I, M) A detailed look at America’s best known house, this informational text is complemented with primary source photographs of presidents and their families. Try a suggested activity— from designing china, to using a presidential recipe. Places to Visit and Web Resources, Selected Bibliography. (ATC)
Reference DESIGN LINE: PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES. Chris Oxlade. Illustrated by
Mike Lemanski. Big Picture Press, an imprint of Candlewick Press. 16pp. Trade ISBN 978-0763-67121-1, $17.99. (P, I) This oversize, foldout, informational book is a visual comparison of the history of transportation presented in a timeline format that can be read back to front, top to bottom, and right to left. (CAT)
HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 1,000 OBJECTS. DK Publishing. 480 pp. Trade
ISBN 978-1-465-42289-7, $50. (M, H) This informational text spans human civilization from the rise of hunter-gatherers to modern times. Color photographs, descriptive passages, and detailed timelines cover such diverse topics as art, religion, technology, and warfare across multiple societies. Timeline, Index. (SD)
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION FOR KIDS: THE PEOPLE AND TECHNOLOGY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD. Cheryl Mullenbach.
Chicago Review Press. 144pp. Paperback ISBN 978-1-61374-690-5, $16.95. (I, M) Relevant content, archival photographs, fascinating sidebars, and hands-on projects make this informational text a valuable resource for
both students and teachers wishing to learn about this pivotal time in America’s history. Bibliography, Resources. (LFS)
THE STORY OF BUILDINGS: FROM THE PYRAMIDS TO THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE AND BEYOND. Patrick Dillon.
Illustrated by Stephen Biesty. Candlewick Press. 96pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-763-669904, $19.99. (I, M) This informational and visually appealing book provides the history of buildings and the ingenuity of the people who created them. Detailed illustrations take the reader inside famous buildings throughout history. Index, Timeline. (MOS)
THE SWEET STORY OF HOT CHOCOLATE!
Stephen Krensky. Illustrated by Rob McClurkan. Simon Spotlight, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 48pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-481-42053-2, $16.99. Paperback ISBN 978-1-481-42052-5, $3.99. (P) Written and illustrated for beginning readers, this entertaining four-chapter book is ideal for introducing informational texts. Back materials include fun chocolate facts related to geography, science, and economics, plus a reader’s quiz. (LFS)
THE WHITE HOUSE IS BURNING: AUGUST, 24, 1814. Jane Sutcliffe. Charlesbridge.
128pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-580-89656-6, $19.95. (I, M) This attractive informational text uses first-hand narratives and primary source materials to provide an astonishing account of the British invasion of Maryland and the nation’s capital during the War of 1812. Bibliography, Index, Source Quotations. (LFS)
Social Interactions/Relationships BEAUTY OF THE BROKEN. Tawni Waters. Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 368pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-481-40709-0, $17.99. Paperback ISBN 978-1-481-40711-3, $10.99. (H) This novel tells the story of two girls who must navigate their feelings for one another and life in a small, conservative New Mexico town. A lyrical and moving comingof-age love story. (RH) CALL ME BY NAME. John Ed Bradley. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 272pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-442-49793-1, $17.99.
Paperback ISBN 978-1-442-49794-8, $10.99. (M, H) A book about friendship, prejudice, desegregation, adolescent males, and the complexities and tension of racial integration in the 1965 world of high school football. (CAT)
CLARA AND DAVIE. Patricia Polacco. Scholastic. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-54535477-6, $17.99. (P, I) This is a story of love and support, based on true events from Clara Barton’s childhood. The interactions between Clara and her brother Davie illustrate the compassion that Clara, founder of the American Red Cross, was known for. Author’s Note. (ATC) CRAZY. Linda Vigen Phillips. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 320pp. Paperback ISBN 978-0-8028-5437-7, $9.00. (H) Recounted in verse, this is the eloquently told story of the teenaged daughter of a mentally ill mother, terrified and alone, afraid she will be the next to fall. An afterword relates the author’s personal connection to bipolar disorder and how diagnosis and treatment have changed since the 1960s. (JAW) GIRLS LIKE US. Gail Giles. Candlewick Press. 224pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-763-662677, $16.99. (H) This is the harrowing story of two graduates from a high school special education program and how they adjust as roommates, workers, and survivors. Despite devastating events, their continued quest for family and hope inspires. (JAW) THE GREAT GREENE HEIST. Varian Johnson.
Scholastic. 240pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-54552552-7, $16.99. Paperback ISBN 978-0545-52553-4, $6.99. (M, H) This believable middle grade adventure casts a racial and ethnically diverse group of students who plot to save the school election from the devious schemes of a bully. (CAT)
THE GRUDGE KEEPER. Mara Rockliff. Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. Peachtree Publishers. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-56145729-8, $16.95. (P, I) This richly illustrated book tells the story of a small village where everyone writes down their grudges and gives it to one man, who keeps them safe. After a disaster opens up all of the grudges for the whole town to see, it’s up to them to find a peaceful resolution. (QPR) www.socialstudies.org/notable
HALF A WORLD AWAY. Cynthia Kadohata. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 240pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-442-41275-0, $16.99. Paperback ISBN 978-1-442-41276-7, $7.99. (M) Twelveyear-old Jaden was adopted from Romania, and he’s more or less adapted to his new life in America. This changes as he and his family travel to Kazakhstan to adopt a new sibling. (ATC) HEADS UP PSYCHOLOGY. Marcus Weeks. DK Publishing. 160pp. Trade ISBN 978-1465-41993-4, $15.99. (H) In this non-fiction selection, psychological theories are explained using clever graphic illustrations and diagrams that show how they relate to everyday life. Insights into the lives and work of psychologists and their big ideas are included. Directory, Glossary. (MOS) IF YOU’RE READING THIS. Trent Reedy. Scholastic. 352 pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-54543342-6, $17.99. Paperback ISBN 978-0-54543343-3, $9.99. (M, H) Mike lost his dad to the War in Afghanistan when he was eight. Now he’s 16, and he’s receiving letters from him. Mike must navigate high school and family responsibilities and also solve this personal mystery. (ATC) MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND EVERY OTHER WEEKEND. Karen Stanton. Feiwel & Friends,
an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing group. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-250-034892, $16.99. (P) The divorce of his parents has been difficult for both Henry and his dog. Resolution takes place when Henry discovers that home is defined as a place of love and acceptance. (LFS)
RAIN REIGN. Ann M. Martin. Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing group. 240pp. Trade ISBN 978-0312-64300-3, $16.99. (M) Rose is a fifth grade girl with Asperger’s Syndrome, OCD, and an obsession with homonyms. Lonely at school, and in a tension-filled relationship with her father, she finds companionship in a dog she names Rain. Written from Rose’s perspective, it’s an insightful look into the mindset of a child you’ll never forget. (QPR) THOMAS THE TOADILLY TERRIBLE BULLY.
Janice Levy. Illustrated by Bill Slavin and Esperança Melo. Eerdmans Books for Young
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Readers. 34pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-8028-53738, $17.00. (P) This is a unique approach about a frog that decides to be a bully to get more frogs to pay attention to him, but it turns out he’s much better at being a friend. (MOS)
World History & Culture AT HOME IN HER TOMB: LADY DAI AND THE ANCIENT CHINESE TREASURES OF MAWANGDUI. Christine Liu-Perkins.
Illustrated by Sarah Brannen. Charlesbridge. 80pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-580-89370-1, $19.95. (M, H) The discovery of a tomb dating from the Han Dynasty yields fascinating finds describing the everyday life of a wealthy member of society. By far the most exciting part of the excavation is Lady Dai, whose body was so well-preserved that her blood type and even last meal were easily determined. Historical Note, Timeline, Glossary, Author’s Note, Source List, Bibliography. (SD)
THE BADGER KNIGHT. Kathryn Erskine.
Scholastic. 352pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-54546442-0, $17.99. Paperback ISBN 978-0545-46443-7, $6.99. (I, M) Adrian is a bright 13-year-old albino living in fourteenth-century England. Insightful journal entries reveal his struggle to understand the balance between defending one’s homeland and the sanctity of the individual. Author’s Note, Glossary (LFS)
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS. Katherine Kirkpatrick. Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 304pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-385-74047-0, $16.99. (H) Young Billy Bah finds herself trapped between Inuit life and complicated opportunities presented by American explorers. This suspenseful work of historical fiction unveils identity development, romance, and power relations in a space of cultural convergence. Glossary of Inuktun Words, Chronology of Real Life Events, Historical Notes. (JG) BROTHER HUGO AND THE BEAR. Katy Beebe. Illustrated by S. D. Schindler. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 34pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-8028-5407-0, $17.00. (I) Brother Hugo has lost one of the abbey’s most precious books and must create a new copy by hand. As he races against time and a book-eating bear, readers learn the process of creating a medieval
illuminated manuscript. Historical Note, Glossary, Author’s Note, Illustrator’s Note. (SD)
GRANDFATHER GANDHI. Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus. Illustrated by Evan Turk. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 48pp. Trade ISBN 9781-442-42365-7, $17.99. (P) This autobiographical story is about learning patience, nonviolent practice, and adjusting to a new environment. It is told from the point-of-view of Gandhi’s 12-yearold grandson. Author’s Note. (RH) HIDDEN: A CHILD’S STORY OF THE HOLOCAUST. Loïc Dauvillier. Illustrated by
Marc Lizano. First Second Books, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 80pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-59643-873-6, $16.99. (I, M) Dounia reveals to her granddaughter her experience during World War II when her parents were taken away to concentration camps. Neighbors rescued Dounia and disguised her as a young Catholic girl in the French countryside. Author’s Note/Afterword. (KSH)
HIDDEN LIKE ANNE FRANK: 14 TRUE STORIES OF SURVIVAL. Marcel Prins and Peter Henk
Steenhuis. Scholastic. 240pp. Trade ISBN 9780-545-54362-0, $16.99. Paperback ISBN 9780-545-54364-4, $9.99. (M) During World War II, many Jews were hidden from Nazi persecution like Anne Frank’s family. This book features stories from survivors in their own words describing their experiences in hiding. A great primary source resource. Glossary. (AMW)
HUNT FOR THE BAMBOO RAT. Graham
Salisbury. Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 336pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-375-84266-5, $16.99. Library ISBN 978-0-375-94070-5, $19.99. (H) Zenji Watanabe, 17, is recruited for a top-secret mission in the Philippines during World War II. This novel of espionage and survival is based on a true story. Author’s Note, Bibliography, Glossary, Maps. (TB)
LIKE WATER ON STONE. Dana Walrath. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 368pp. Trade ISBN 978-0385-74397-6, $16.99. Library ISBN 978-0375-99142-4, $19.99. (H) An eloquent story in verse of the tragic genocide of Armenians in the early twentieth century. The story is beautifully rendered and deeply moving, deftly blending
history and magical realism. Author’s Note, Glossary, Resources. (JAW)
MY FRIEND THE ENEMY. Dan Smith. Scholastic. 288pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-545-66542-1, $17.99. (M) In 1941 England, Peter’s father is fighting the Germans; his mother is struggling to hold the household together. Peter has every reason to hate the enemy … until he’s put in a position to get to know one. This adventure story is also a tale of an unlikely friendship, and the courage to stand up for your convictions. (QPR) PLAYING FOR THE COMMANDANT. Suzy Zail. Candlewick Press. 256pp. Trade ISBN 978-07636-6403-9, $16.99. (M, H) Set in AuschwitzBirkenau concentration camp during World War II, young Hannah becomes a pianist for the entertainment of the camp commandant. As Hannah gets used to the commandant’s household, she is alarmed to find herself falling in love with the commandant’s son. Author’s Note. (KSH) PURE GRIT. Mary Cronk Farrell. Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams. 160pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-419-71028-5, $24.95. (M, H) American military nurses in the Philippines survive disease, capture, and starvation while providing care to others during World War II. Survivor narratives are woven beautifully together to produce this important informational, captivating, and inspirational text. Glossary, List of Nurses, Timeline, Bibliography. (JG) SHOOTING THE STARS: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914. John Hendrix. Abrams Books
for Young Readers. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-141971-175-6, $18.95. (I, M) Writing home to his mother during World War I, a soldier tells about the night the war stopped in the trenches on Christmas Eve, 1914. This touching and true story is about the truce that took place up and down the trenches on both sides of the war. Author’s Note; Glossary; Bibliography. (KSH)
STONE GIANT: MICHELANGELO’S DAVID AND HOW HE CAME TO BE. Jane Sutcliffe.
Illustrated by John Shelley. Charlesbridge. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-580-89295-7, $16.95. (I) This beautiful picture book tells the story of how Michelangelo labored for three years to carve the iconic sculpture of David from a discarded block of marble, while also providing a snapshot of Renaissance Florence. Author’s Note, Bibliography. (TB) www.socialstudies.org/notable
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STUBBY THE DOG SOLDIER: WORLD WAR I HERO. Blake A. Hoena.
Illustrated by Oliver Hurst. Capstone Press. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-47955759-2, $14.95. Paperback ISBN 978-1479-55465-2, $9.95. (P, I) In this informational picture book, Stubby is a stray dog that becomes the constant companion of Pvt. Conroy who sneaks him aboard ship to end up at the front lines of World War I, where he sniffs deadly mustard gas to alert the soldiers of impending danger. Afterword, Glossary, Bibliography, CCS Connections, Internet sites. (KSH)
The Children’s Book Council is the nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America. The CBC offers children’s publishers the opportunity to work together on issues important to the industry at large, including educational programming, literacy advocacy, and collaborations with other national organizations including NCSS. The Children’s Book Council helps instill a life-long love of reading in children as a major donor to Every Child a Reader, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit which administers Children’s Book Week, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Program, and the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. Learn more at cbcbooks.org. Other bibliographies on which the CBC cooperates:
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students Reprinted in the June issues of Science and Children, Science Scope, and The Science Teacher, a joint project of the National Science Teachers Association and the CBC. Single copies are available for $5. Send orders to the Children’s Book Council, attn: Outstanding Science, 54 West 39th Street, 14th floor, New York, NY 10018. This list can also be found online at www. cbcbooks.org/cbc-book-lists/outstanding-science.
Children’s Choices Reprinted in the June issue of The Reading Teacher, a joint project of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the CBC. Annotated lists are available online at www.cbcbooks.org/childrens-choices.
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STUBBY THE WAR DOG: THE TRUE STORY OF WORLD WAR I’S BRAVEST DOG. Ann Bausum. National Geographic
Kids. 80pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-42631486-5, $17.99. Library ISBN 9781-4263-1487-2, $26.90. (M) Basics of World War I are included in this informative and true story of Stubby, a mutt adopted by American soldier, J. Robert Conroy. Actual photographs provide a deeper understanding of Stubby’s life, and life during World War I. Timeline, Research Notes, Bibliography, Resource Guide. (MOS)
THE TYRANT’S DAUGHTER. J.C. Carleson. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 304pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-449-80997-6, $17.99. Library ISBN 978-0-449-80998-3, $20.99. (H) Laila and her family are exiled to the United States after her father, the king, is assassinated. She must adjust to her new life and accept the terrible truth about her father’s regime. Author’s Note, Commentary, Resources. (TB) THE WATCHER. Joan Hiatt Harlow.
Margaret K. McElderry, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 304pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-44242911-6, $16.99. Paperback ISBN 978-1-442-42912-3, $5.99. (I) Wendy is kidnapped by her aunt and taken to Germany at the height of Nazi power. She works to unravel the truth about her past and find friends who will help her escape the horrors unfolding across Europe. Afterword. (SD)
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) is a professional, non-profit association for social studies teachers and educators at all levels from early childhood through college. It engages and supports teachers in strengthening and advocating social studies. NCSS publishes two major journals. Social Education addresses all levels of the profession, offering articles whose subjects range from the latest research to practical classroom ideas. Social Studies and the Young Learner is devoted to K-6 social studies education, meeting teachers’ needs for new information and effective teaching activities. Middle Level Learning, which provides ideas and activities for the middle grades, is an online supplement to NCSS periodicals published three times a year. As part of their membership benefits, NCSS members receive a subscription to Social Education or Young Learner. All members can access the online NCSS newsletter, The Social Studies Professional, with professional news, opportunities, resources for teachers, workshops, travel and study programs and NCSS activities. NCSS developed and published the social studies standards, which are used nationally as a basis for curriculum planning and student performance assessment. The annotations of books in this list include references to the thematic strands of the social studies standards to which the book relates (see page 2). This list of Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People is an NCSS member benefit, published in the May/June issue of Social Education, which is sent to all members who subscribe to Social Studies and the Young Learner, as well as to the regular subscribers of Social Education. The list is also available online to NCSS members at members.ncss.org; prior year lists are available at www.socialstudies.org/notable. For information on membership and services, e-mail [email protected]
, call 301 588-1800, or visit www. socialstudies.org/membership. NCSS is located at 8555 Sixteenth Street, Suite 500, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Visit NCSS online at www.socialstudies.org. This list is a joint project of NCSS and the Children’s Book Council. Single copies are available from CBC for $5.00. Send orders to the Children’s Book Council, attn.: Social Studies, 54 West 39th Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018.
These covers are used with permission of the publishers, ©2015 100 Inventions that Made History, DK Publishing • A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz, illustrator: Catia Chien, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • A Death-struck Year by Makiia Lucier, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • A Taste of Freedom: Gandhi and the Great Salt March by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illustrator: Giuliano Ferri, Bloomsbury • A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water across the World by Christine Ieronimo, illustrator: Eric Velasquez, Bloomsbury • A Woman in the House (And Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country by Ilene Cooper, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams • The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine, Scholastic • Beauty of the Broken by Tawni Waters, Simon Pulse • Between Two Worlds by Katherine Kirkpatrick, Wendy Lamb, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books • Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe, illustrator: S. D. Schindler, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers • Cartwheeling In Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundel, illustrator: Melissa Castrillon, S&S Books For Young Readers • Cinderella Stories around the World: 4 Beloved Tales by Cari Meister, Capstone Publishing • Clara and Davie by Patricia Polacco, illustrator: Patricia Polacco, Scholastic • Colonel Theodore Roosevelt by David A. Adler, Holiday House • Diamond Boy by Michael Williams, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers • Edward Hopper Paints His World by Robert Burleigh, illustrator: Wendell Minor, Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group • Family Romanov by Candace Fleming, Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books • Fiona’s Lace by Patricia Polacco, illustrator: Patricia Polacco, Paula Wiseman Books • Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin, Holiday House • Friends for Freedom by Suzanne Slade, illustrator: Nicole Tadgell, Charlesbridge • The Girl from the Tar Paper School by Teri Kanefield, Abrams Books for Young Readers • Girls Like Us by Gail Giles, Candlewick Press • Hello, I’m Johnny Cash by G. Neri, illustrator: A.G. Ford, Candlewick Press • Hunt for the Bamboo Rat by Graham Salisbury, Wendy Lamb, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books • I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers • I Love, I Hate, I Miss My Sister by Amelie Sarn, Delacorte Presss, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books • I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Morra and Libby Martinez, illustrator: Patrice Barton, Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books • Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • Industrial Revolution for Kids: The People and Technology That Changed the World by Cheryl Mullenbach, Chicago Review Press • Jubilee! One Man’s Big, Bold, and Very, Very Loud Celebration of Peace by Matt Tavares, illustrator: Matt Tavares, Candlewick Press • Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath, Delacorte Presss, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books • Little Humans by Brandon Stanton, FSG, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Pubishing Group • The Mayflower by Mark Greenwood, illustrator: Frané Lessac, Holiday House • The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock; illustrated Mary GrandPre, Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books • Oklahoma’s Devastating May 2013 Tornado by Miriam Aronin, Bearport Publishing •Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom by Steven Sellers Lapham and Dr. Eugene Walton, illustrator: Gregory R. Christie, Sleeping Bear Press • The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin, Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group • Pure Grit by Mary Cronk Farrell, Abrams Books for Young Readers • Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine by Gloria Whelan, illustrator: Nancy Carpenter, Paula Wiseman Books • The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustration: Shane W. Evans, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers • Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal written by Margarita Engle, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • Stand There! She Shouted: The Invincible Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron by Susan Goldman Rubin, illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline, Candlewick Press • Stone Giant by Jane Sutcliffe, illustration: by John Shelley, Charlesbridge • Sweet Story Of Hot Chocolate! by Stephen Krensky, illustrator: Rob Mcclurkan, Simon Spotlight • Taking Flight by Michaela Deprince and Elaine Deprince, Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books • Thailand by Mel Friedman, Scholastic Library Publishing • Thomas Paine by Albert Marrin, Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books • Thomas the Toadilly Terrible Bully by Janice Levy, illustrators: Bill Slavin and Esperança Melo, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers • Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and His Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalván and Bret Witter, photographs by Dan Dion, Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group • Washday by Eve Bunting, illustrator: Brad Sneed, Holiday House • The White House for Kids: A History of a Home, Office, and National Symbol by Katherine House, Chicago Review Press
NCSS Publications Director of Publications: Michael Simpson, Senior Editor: Jennifer Bauduy, Art Director: Rich Palmer
16 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2015